Kerala is a land richly endowed with the very best of nature. Whether it’s fine beaches, beautiful hills, graceful lagoons or awe-inspiring art and culture, there’s something for every type of traveller this southern state on India’s west coast. If you only have 10 days to spare, this is the perfect itinerary to get you started on a wanderlust-worthy trip of your ‘God’s Own Country.’ After spending 10 days in Kerala it is not hard to see why. The state is filled with stunning natural beauty, from the quiet backwaters to green tea plantations and tropical beaches. In Kerala, a confluence of religions also coexists.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Kerala is in the winter from October through March. Don’t let the ‘winter’ label fool you, because the weather this season is pleasant, hot but not humid, and outside the monsoon main season. In April and May, the weather in Kerala gets pretty hot and humid, then turns monsoonal from June to September. We visited in January when the weather was hot and dry but not wet or humid.
Kerala 10 Day Itinerary
Day 1: Trivandrum to Kovalam
Arrange for a flight into Trivandrum and transfer to your Kovalam hotel. If you arrive early in the morning I would strongly recommend that you book the hotel for the night before just so you have to go somewhere. This Kerala itinerary will get busy so take yourself an easy day before the real sightseeing starts: stay at your hotel and explore the grounds and facilities. But don’t stay there all day-too much to see! At sunset, go to the beach and have dinner at the beach or back in your hotel.
Day 2: Kovalam
In Kovalam alone, there is an unbelievable amount to do. Head to Kovalam Lighthouse to climb it before checking out some more nearby beaches like Lighthouse Beach, Hawa Beach, etc. Stop at one of the many restaurants lining the coastline for lunch. Choose from activities like the Napier Museum, Kowdiar Palace and Zoological Park in the afternoon. Enjoy the people watching and dining al fresco at one of the other beaches like Samudra beach in the evening.
Day 3: Kovalam
Check out Karamana River where you can pay someone to sail with you up and down the river. They can take you to another beach up the river and the floating restaurants offer lunch options. Go to Neyyar Dam, Vellayani Lake, and / or Kovalam Fish Market in the afternoon if you have time.
Day 4: Kovalam to Alleppey backwaters
There’s nothing like floating up and down the Alleppey Backwaters that will make you stop! From houses on the banks to more open stretches of water, one can really enjoy the surroundings and waved at passing boats. In the afternoon, visit a fish market where you can buy fresh ingredients for that evening’s dinner.
Day 5: Alleppey to Kumarakom
You’ll be taken back to the dock after a leisurely breakfast, where you started. Compared to the other drives it is a relatively short drive to Kumarakom from there. You can visit the Bird Sanctuary once there, or explore some Tribal Villages.
Day 6: Kumarakom
Kumarakom is best known for Ayurvedic treatments, so be sure to indulge in some relaxation during your stay. You can also do more sightseeing in local villages, or enjoy some hotel pool time.
Day 7: Kumarakom to Munnar
This time it’s a long drive, Wanderlusters, especially if you have tiny Things. There’s plenty of beautiful surroundings to look like you are going along so at least the grown-ups are entertained! Make plenty of stops to break up the journey to admire beautiful streams and waterfalls. You can also stop to learn more about their production at a rubber plantation.
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Day 8: Munnar
Travel to Munnar, a land full of green mountains and tea groves. Visit the Tea Museum, where all you need to pick and process tea leaves can be learnt. Moving on to the actual tea groves that surround the site. Take a trip to Eravikulam National Park to take in a view of the native Nilgiri Tahr. Head over to the Top Station for magnificent views of the surrounding hills and villages far under. Don’t forget to buy tea, original spices, and honey of various kinds.
It is full-on but you can see Mattupetty Lake & Dam, Echo Point and Kundale Lake Blossom Garden if you want to. All the sights were lovely to go to but it makes for a particularly intense driving day especially when you’ve had a day of driving the day before and another day coming the day after.
Day 9: Munnar to Cochin / Kochi
Visit Rajamalai / Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary on your way to Cochin where you can see a rare mountain goat called a Nilgiry thar. This is a particularly important area of ecological significance. Time your journey so the bus doesn’t have to wait too long to take you up and back. Stop at a spice grove for a walk and a little shopping as well as a tea plantation
Day 10: Cochin / Kochi
Cochin / Kochi has a fair share of history and spending a day or two here on your way out of the country is worthwhile. There’s plenty to see: Vasco de Gama Square, St. Francis Church (India’s oldest European church), the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue, and the Spices Auction Rooms just to name a few. But it’s the ancient cantilevered Chinese fishing nets that attract tourists – local fishermen still operate and use them daily.
Once you’re on the ground it’s super easy to get around Kerala. While you can rent a private driver for the duration of your trip, there is, in fact, no need to book transportation beforehand. Instead, with very reasonable rates for private drivers or taxis, your accommodation will be able to hook you to your next location by transportation.
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